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headrush/fatigue/vertigo?/dizziness/pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 3, 2007
  • 07:58 PM

So, in my desperation i'm posting to this forum. tho i'm feeling rather skeptical that anyone has any idea what could be wrong with me as I’ve been researching my symptoms on the net for the last two months.
my symptoms began the first week of December ‘06: hard heart beat, not fast, light headedness, then a ferocious headrush as if i’ve just received a huge dose of blood flow into my head, almost immediately followed with a feeling of blackout (though I haven’t blacked out), then vertigo like dizziness. Constant/consistent pressure in my head during the first month of this seemed like my head would explode, now a month later my head feels like it will implode. Constant/consistent ear pressure, ringing and extreme sensitivity to loud sounds. Occasional piercing pain in my left ear, sometimes piercing pain shooting through my head. This lasts a split second. Feeling of low blood pressure, feeling faint when standing, or sometimes feeling faint for no reason, i.e. sitting having a conversation, watching tv etc. did I mention sudden onset of extreme fatigue? My ears often feel extremely hot, other times they feel like there are larvae crawling in my ears, and other times my ears itch horribly.
I also suffer from severe upper and lower backache.
Whats been done to me so far? I’ve had a CT scan of my neck with dye injected into my veins. This showed no obstruction of the corated artery or surrounding arteries. CT scan of my head revealed a bad sinus infection which was treated with antibiotics, and has cleared (didn’t change my symptoms tho). MRI of the thoratic region of my spine showed spondylosis. I already knew I had disc compression of C2 thru C5 from a car accident 20years ago. MRI result was no impingement of the spinal cord, Not the cause of my symptoms.
Additional tests: echocardiogram showed my heart was strong without any physical abnormalities, blood pressure has been normal standing, lying down and getting up from a lying position. 24hr portable heart monitor did not pickup any abnormal heart rhythms.
Although I love working out at the gym, I’ve been absent since June ’06 due to various reasons. That said, when I was working out I avoided the treadmill or anything which raised my heart rate as this would cause me to feel dizzy and as if my head was in a dark tunnel. Lately my traditional Sunday morning grocery shopping at my local Wal-Mart has become almost impossible. After walking around the store for 20mins or so I get a severe case of headrush, feeling of faint, feeling of dizziness and extreme fatigue.
I try to eat sensibly everyday, breakfast at 6:30 am consists of ½ cup oatmeal with a scoop (20 gms) of protein powder. 9:00 consists of an oatmeal/energy type low protein bar, 11:30 is usually a chicken salad, or ham salad or extra lean meat burger. Mid afternoon 2:00ish snack is usually another type of energy.low protein bar or a fruit/veggie snack like grapes, carrots, cucumber etc.. 5:30ish is usually a dinner of baked chicken, beef or other type of lean meat with a veggie side sometimes accompanied with one or two glasses of red wine.
What meds do I now have sitting in my cubboard? Valium, meclizne, some steroid for inflammation, alegra, an empty bottle of amoxicillin, and another empty bottle of some superduper antibiotic, plus 20 or so pills of a sample muscle relaxer I got from the neurologist on my last visit. Valium helps a little, not much. Red wine helps more. A couple of cold popsicles which give me a ‘cold headache’ take away ALL my head symptoms but just for a short while.
Oh, one more thing, late last summer I had a complete physical. My PCP said my numbers were all ‘text book’ perfect.
Any ideas on what could be wrong with me?

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  • I'm sorry, you live in Santa Fe? And you haven't tried acupuncture?!? There must be a hundred practicing near you! Please consider this as an option to help with your symptoms. If you can't afford the high prices, go to Southwest Acupunture College and see if you can get in their student clinic. Santa Fe has tons other alternative medicine options. When Western docs throw up their hands it is often the best time to explore other options. A naturopath who can check for nutritional deficiencies would be another good option. Hope this helps.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
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  • Hi, I have some of the same symptoms you do. Just today I went and had a lumbar puncture and they found that I had increased intercranial pressure. They are now trying to figure out what the cause of it could be. If I were you, I would find a neurologist and ask if he will perform a lumbar puncture. This will rule out many possible problems and show if your pressure is too high! This could explain the pressure you feel in your head and the dizziness you experience. It is worth a shot! GOOD LUCK!!!
    alexio771 11 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • Dom,Thank your for your suggestion for acupuncture. That has occurred to me and is something I am definitely considering for the near future. I’ve had acupuncture in the past for back/neck pain but was not impressed with the acupuncturist or the results, but I will give it another try. For now, I’m scheduled for a diabetes test tomorrow, and an echo stress test on March 2nd. Today my PCP threw yet another prescription at me. This one is for Antivert and told me to stop all the other scripts I’ve been taking. She said that although Meclizne has had no effect that maybe a different ‘brand’ would. We’ll see.Alexio771,Thank you for responding. I’m going to research what a lumbar puncture procedure entails. I’ve got a good neurologist and will call him to discuss it. In my ignorance I assumed that if another type of test were warranted that he would have suggested it when my MRI showed my spine/spinal cord was not the cause of my problem..I’m very interested to know what your doctors find is the cause of your intercranial pressure if you are comfortable sharing that with me. Best of luck to you too!.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • Consider sensitivity to formaldehyde or some other chemical used in manufacturing of clothing. Have you noticed which department you are in when you get the headrush? If you are in the detergent, cleaning supplies you may be sensitive to something there. Scented candles and air fresheners do this to me. You may want to see an environmental specialist or alternative health physician.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • Lumbar puncture or Spinal tab can make you blind. It is a serious thing (and very painful too). I have had too.You only needed if your fever is frying your brain and no one can stop it, or if you are in a coma due to an infection.You need to do some research/Take Care.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • Thank you all so much for your posts.I’m awaiting my results on my diabetic test, and am scheduled for an echo cardio stress test. I’ve eliminated allergies to a certain extent as I can get an episode (as I now refer to it) at any time and place regardless what my activity may be.. I purchased Nerve Tonic; MindSoothe and PureCalm thinking maybe this would help. It didn’t. Upon taking my first dose and eagerly hoping for something wonderful to happen I started having headrush after headrush, wave after wave of feeling like I would blackout.Recently I’ve discovered that ibuprophen really helps a lot. So I’ve been taking it as minimally as possible.I’m beginning to get concerned what effect all the over the counter and prescribed medications could have on my body.That said, if nothing is found on my latest tests then it’s time to begin treatment from a holistic approach.Does anyone have any opinion on Kevin Trudeau’s books Natural Cures they don’t want you to know about, and More Natural Cures Previously Censored?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
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  • Hi I have the same symptom's to started the 3rd jan. only I also have numbness and pins and needles in my arms lower legs and feet .Do you really shake after and go really cold with the head-rush?as I do.My doctor has said he is not sure what it could be but is treating it as Labryathitis.He has taken more blood tests but I don't think they will show anything to be honest and I have to see a neurologists in a few weeks I have heard that if it is Labryathitis it can last anything from a few days to months once I know for sure what it is I will be able to cope. If or when I do find out will post and let you know.Take careNikki
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
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  • Hi Nikki,I’m so sorry to hear you also have my symptoms. I would not wish this on anyone. My ‘episodes’ began the first week of Dec, and seem to be getting worse, then better, then back to even worse. Labyrinthitis in my case has been ruled out as I passed the balance tests and hearing tests. In the beginning, each and every episode I experienced was accompanied with severe shaking which was in my view almost like I was having a seizure. I’ve also had numbness and tingling in my arms, legs, and scalp. Doctors dismissed my uncontrolled shaking as an anxiety attack stemming from my freaking out over having the headrush and being on the verge of blacking out. My heart would race and beat so hard too. Then my head would spin lightly and I would feel light headed. This has become my norm.A few weeks ago I started getting a stabbing pain in my left ear, and then the ‘stab’ would shoot through my head. Like someone had shoved an ice pick into my head through my ear in an upward motion. It would hit me in the blink of an eye and be gone just as fast. But the head and ear pressure would continue. Today that stabbing pain didn’t begin in my ear but shot across the top of my head. This time short quick repeated stabbings which did not subside quickly. Immediately the pressure in my head increased as did the ringing in my ears and dizziness. Prescribed meds have all been ineffective, but I’ve found that ibuprophen works pretty well at helping me stay mostly pain free. Though it does nothing for the pressure, dizziness, or ringing.So far doctors don’t have a clue what is wrong with me and I have been unable to drive ever since. I’m quickly losing faith in medical science and have not had a good quality of life. When I sleep I do not rest as I awaken feeling extremely tired. I have nightmares every night and generally remember most for a short time. The nightmares began in the last few weeks. My memory is pretty well shot as I keep forgetting important dates/events that I’ve never forgotten before like birthdays of my loved ones. I can have a conversation with someone on the phone, hang up and begin to write down a message and cannot remember more than a general idea what the call was about…..let alone any details like the callers name or company etc…I hope with all my being that you do not have whatever it is I have.I wish you the best of luck with your tests and a speedy recovery. Please do post and let me know how you are doing. Rob
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
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  • Hi Rob,Just returned from the doctors bloods all fine. The stabbing pain you have in left ear i get that too only mine is more in the temple area and i get like a dull head pain over my forehead my eyes hurt and can't watch t.v to long as that makes me have the dreaded head rush. Did you by any chance have a head and chest cold before this happened to you because I did the week before.My memory is fine just forgot my bank pin number the first week and and still can't think what it was abut two weeks ago I was sleeping a lot in the daytime and had some really weird dreams not nightmares though.Its so frustrating because you can have a good day then your back to stage one again.I am finding it hard because I live in the West country of England 5 miles from any town or shops can't drive at the moment and there is no bus stops near by and my mum lives 20 miles away and never passed her driving test so I am stuck at home all day on my own from eight in the morning to seven at night when my husband gets home. Well at least he has this Wednesday Thursday and Friday off work this week. Well let me know how you get on and I will keep you informed I hope you get better soon Nikki
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
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  • Sorry to hear bout what you're experiencing...I too have some of your symptons...which leads me to ask... Have you ever had whiplash in the past at any point? Even if it was years ago and not neccessarily in a MVA. In my research I'm finding that many have had whiplash and it can bring about quite a few neuro disorders such as MS to name one. Hang in there! Also checkout the side effects of your meds. Never hurts to seek another pros opinion.
    tingly 8 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
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  • Hi Nikki, and thanks.I’m relieved your blood work turned out fine. I have filled I think 16 ‘blood vials’ so far and everything has come back fine too. CT scans, MRI……you read my above posts, everything that has been checked is fine. Don’t settle for a diagnosis of anxiety as one of my doctors has suggested to me. Research Anxiety and Panic attacks. I’m sure you will find that some symptoms may be similar, so are many other ailments like inner ear infections, etc…Before my dreaded ‘episodes’ began, I did have a bit of a head / chest cold, with the phlegm, light cough, stuffy/runny nose. I didn’t see the doc as my symptoms were not that severe, and I was self medicating with Dayquil and Nyquil and for the most part feeling like I have every other time I’ve had a cold or flu.After a short time although I was still feeling a bit of a stuffy head/nose and ears, I thought I was feeling better from my ‘cold’. But instead of actually being better the dreaded headrush and all began to happen.And I get those good days too, this past Sunday I felt so good I dared to think maybe I was finally over my affliction, but on Monday began the new stabbing head pains and all the other ‘same’ symptoms with it.I’m trying very hard not to get discouraged and feel defeated. You, and I and everybody else looking for solutions to our ailments must keep on keeping on and fighting the good fight. As long as you are able to logon and do research, keep doing it. I know I will.Who knows, if we both keep on researching and discussing our findings we might stumble on to something.I’ve decided to reconsider the possibility to allergies. But not allergies to things at places I might go, but allergies to things I might now have around the house I never had before, like my new shampoo, body wash, hair tonic and the like.In early Jan I changed my toothpaste and contact lens solution but have not had a change in my symptoms.I also had my Dentist XRay my molars to rule out any possible deep abscess or roots growing into nerves…..she said although she’d hoped she would have found the cure to my problem, all my teeth are in good health too.…..so my search for what ails me continues.Gotta jet, hope to hear from you soon, sooner if you find the cure before I do!!! Rob
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
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  • Hi Tingly,I’m sorry too to hear you also have this ‘curse’. Yes, I have had whiplash at lease four times in my life including a bad car accident where we flew off a cliff and landed upside down at the bottom of a ravine. This caused disk compression in my neck at C2 thru C5 among other things.I have done some research of my meds, and have taken myself off of all of them as they have been ineffective at best.Except for the occasional ibuprofen, I’m not taking anything.Please keep posting if you find an answer to your symptoms, and I will do the same.Take good care and get better!Rob
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
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  • Hi Rob,Just a quick line, Tingly may have something with the whiplash It could very well be the root of the problem as I had a really bad car accident that ended up with a really bad whiplash about ten years ago and the right hand side of my neck as been giving me a lot of discomfort the last few months again.Will check it with my doc and let you know.Take careNikki
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
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  • Hi Nikki,I think that’s a great ideaI’ve been suffering from my neck/back all this time too.I will anxiously await your post to hear what your doctors have to say about it.Thanks for being there!Rob
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
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  • Tingly and Nikki,If you haven't already, check out this site:http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article819.htmlI don't know about you but I have every symptom listed in basic symptoms except for jaw/face pain. I also have one additional symptom which is the head and ear pressure.Hope this helps you.Rob
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2007
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  • Hello,I was only trying to check out some new symptoms for my daughter & came accross your posts. I just felt obligated to tell you that my daughter has recently been diagnosed with POTS, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, which is secondary to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Maybe just a fluke, but when she was 3 she was in a bad car accident, suffered a cerebelum concussion and wiplash, she developed complex partial seizures after the fact, in 2005, 16 years old, she developed mono, cold symptoms really, if not for the soulder pain we would have never tested her for it, she sailed through that within 2 weeks, then New years eve 2006 she got really white,, one eye dialated and she passed out, long story short, it took the entire year of this happening to her every time she stood up and sometimes when she was sitting down, to get a diagnosis. We happen to come accross a cardiologist at Childrens who specializes in this. We opted for no meds, but more rest, shortened school day etc, and she is doing good. She still tires easily, and we are told she will continue to feel this way for atleast 3 to 5 years, that is how long it will take the body to recover from it. I just thought I would let you know about that since your symptoms match hers from the past til the present. Thank you for reading. I hope all gets well with you all.Candice
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2007
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  • Hi Candice, thank you very much for sharing with us.I read your post and did a little research on POTS and I’m pretty confident that is not me. I’ve begun treatment on my own for whiplash with injury specific massage and chiropractic manipulation. Although it is too early to tell, I think this is very slowly beginning to help. I’m in for a long haul with this.As soon as I feel I am able, I will also incorporate acupuncture into my treatment. Provided all continues to go well.I’ll try to post as I progress. Right now I’m in much pain and dizziness.Good luck with your daughter, I hope very much she gets back to normal very soon.Much regards,Rob
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
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  • wow so im not the only one, i have the same dame thing going on to, i have been to so many doctors and no one can fix me i have had this for years or more and i hate it. dizzy every friggin day for the last 3 years i just cant take it, lifes just so crule and no one understands, im taking serc and stemetil and im still dizzy. god isnt there some kind of tablet out there to take to fix it, it just *******t that people can suffer this long, its the biggest kick in the arse ever, sometime i would rather be dead not to put up with the ***t. also tryed valium and xzanx, they probly made me worse, i feel for anyone who has this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
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  • Jaycob,I cannot imagine what your life has been like suffering with these symptoms for 3 years! I too have prayed to either get better or die, but not live like this. Fortunately, I’ve started injury specific massage therapy (2 treatments so far) with chiropractic manipulation (1 treatment so far) for whiplash and I’m beginning to feel some relief from my symptoms. Doctors have thrown tons of drugs at me and I’ve endured a great many tests and still they don’t have a clue. In 3mos I’ve wracked up approx 20grand in medical bills all for not. I researched my symptoms and hundreds of possible causes like cancers, tumors, diseases of all types, but none matched all my symptoms until I researched whiplash. My first massage treatment left me feeling extremely dizzy, and like my head was wedged in a bucket, disconnected from my body. The ringing in my ears was almost unbearable and the fatigue. While I lay on the massage table, my whole body was shaking. I could not relax. Each time the guy pressed on a muscle it sent a shooting pain up the muscle into my head and/or ears. But I endured thinking he might have to call 911 to get me off the table. The evening after I felt better, so I went to the chiropractor. Again all the same symptoms. I thought I would loose consciousness but I didn’t. I had another specific massage yesterday, and I was able to lie on the table without shaking. This time I was able to relax a little, Today, ALL my muscles are hurting, but I don’t have any pressure in my head…not even a little. The ringing in my ears disappears completely for short periods and is greatly muted when it’s present. Pressing or squeezing on the muscles and nerves around my head, throat and shoulders triggers ALL my symptoms, including the headrush, dizziness, ear(s) ringing, pressure and etc. But I’m finally on the road to recovery, I can feel it.I’m going to add a session (or more) of acupuncture to my massage/chiropractic treatment to see how that goes. I’m hoping to be able to drive again soon.I strongly encourage you to begin looking for a holistic approach to ending or minimizing your suffering. Taking more pills is only going to damage your body and cause other problems you don’t need. Unfortunately there is no magic pill, and medical science is great for emergency treatment, but lacks everything in treatment of long term illnesses. I wish you all the luck in the world in finding a solution to your symptoms. Again, if you can, try getting some holistic treatments. It’s not cheap, but your well being is well worth every cent spent on getting better.It’s important to note I still have some other medical tests to endure, and I will have every test done that my doctors order, but unless something changes, I’m through taking pills. I suggest you keep up with any tests your doctor wants done too, and use your best judgment on the pills.All my best,Rob
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
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  • But I’m finally on the road to recovery, I can feel it.reading this gives me tears of happyness for you and more hope for myself.not last night but the night before i was up the hospitle all night, every time i closed my eyes i could see things flying for my face, i was so un-steady, my skin felt all strange and i didnt want to be touched. anyway the dame doctor came in and gave me a needle 25mg of stimitil which just made me tied, then i came home and slept all day and all night, but waking up thismorning still more dizzyer than ever, im starting a new doctor tonite so hopefully he will be better than the other 4 i have been to.Things that have come to mind that could be making me dizzy.1. smoking2. 10 hours a day looking at the computer screen.3. Xanax Tablets4. Valiumi no Xanax can make you dizzy long term but i dont think it would cause this type of dizzyness.Anyway i hope this all makes sense as im not feel good at all, and thanks for the suggestions ext:hopefully the MRI scan shows at least something.cheers everyone.
    jaycob 6 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
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